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Akeem Spence Continues Improvement

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The Fighting Illini defensive line has been playing much better than most expected preseason. Boundary defenders Whitney Mercilus and Michael Buchanan are getting much of the credit, but the stingy defense against the run is tackle Akeem Spence's domain. He is proving his outstanding freshman season is no fluke.

Akeem Spence was a freshman All-American last season, and much was expected of him this year. However, the Illini have played several passing teams to this point, and his role has diminished. He's doing well, but he looks forward to the run-oriented teams ahead on the Illinois schedule. "I played a lot of snaps, but the passing game isn't really my game. I try to do the best I can. "I look...

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